In 1609, Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, with a crew of Dutch and English sailors, ventured up the Hudson River from New York Harbor to present day Albany, the first European exploration of the river that now bears his name.
New York celebrates the historical event this year because it is 400 years since Henry Hudson discovered the island of Manhattan and declared it as an ideal natural harbour.
In celebration of this historic event, Governor David A. Paterson and the New York State Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Office will launch the “River Day” celebrations.
On Friday, June 5, 2009 Ships will assemble in front of Liberty Island in the harbor against the Manhattan skyline. The Onrust, a 17th century replica of the first ship built in New York and The Half Moon, a replica of Hudson’s ship will head to New York City to take part in an event commemorating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage.
Also there will be some Historic Tall Ships including the Sloop Clearwater and Schooner Mystic Whaler plus the Woody Guthrie, a wooden replica of an 18th-19th century Hudson River Ferry Sloop; the 1890’s-style pilot Schooner Adirondack; the Manhattan, an open boat originally built as a life boat to explore the canals of Amsterdam; and the Shearwater, a classic Maine Schooner.· Other participating boats include: The Circle Line; NYC Water Taxi; SeaTow; Launch 5; Coast Guard, the Discover Boating Cruiser and more.· Escort from the sky – historic bi-planes will escort the flotilla from the Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
The full River Day Celebration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Statue of Liberty. The flotilla will spend eight days moving north on the Hudson, with stops scheduled at participating yacht clubs and marinas, cities and communities with special events and educational programs planned at each port.
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